SDEMA Certified Emergency Manager
A growing movement in the 1990's began nationwide to provide professional certification of emergency managers. Prior to 1993, South Dakota did not have a certification program for emergency management professionals.
The Executive Committee of the South Dakota Emergency Management Association (SDEMA) held a meeting on May 12, 1993 and decided to pursue formulating guidelines for emergency manager certification. Initially a single title of "Certified Emergency Manager" (CEM) was chosen along with experience and required education to achieve this designation.
If an applicant meets SD CEM-B & SD CEM-A qualifications, they can apply to be a SD CEM-A for their initial certification. SD CEM-